Review: Me Since You by Laura Wiess

February 20, 2014

Title: Me Since You
Author: Laura Wiess
Publication date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
Laura Wiess captures the visceral emotion of a girl’s journey from innocence to devastating loss and, ultimately, to a strange and unexpected kind of understanding—in this beautiful and painfully honest new novel.

Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice?

Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived.

If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief.

Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
Sometimes I honestly think I'm just setting myself up for disappointment when I get excited about a super hyped book. Me Since You was an okay read. But, mind you, I can say with reasonable confidence that I'm one of the very small minority who hold this view, because almost everyone (seriously) loves this book and is singing it's praises. So the odds are, you're going to like this book too.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas Tour: Guest Post

February 19, 2014

Hello everyone, and welcome to the third stop on the Ask Again Later by Kiz Czukas Blog Tour! I've had my eye on Ask Again Later for a long time now, and am so glad to be a part of the tour! Liza Czucas is really nice, guys, and after interacting with her, I'm all the more excited to read this book :) Scroll down for a very interesting guest post and a giveaway!

Title: Ask Again Later
Author: Liz Czucas
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Amazon Goodreads | TBD | B&N
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

Guest Post
Ten Truths About Ask Again Later

How I Lost My Innocence & How to Write A Spoiler (yes, they're connected)

February 15, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
I was just on my way to do something constructive, when I got completely sidetracked by an IDIOT WHO HASN'T A LICK OF SENSE. And so I'm here for an epic rant, because I absolutely need to let this out ,otherwise I'm going to burst.

I wrote earlier about how I never went near the Shatter Me series despite it being at my the top of my to-read list. I never read reviews, I never joined discussions, I averted my eyes from rants and raves alike on Twitter and generally stayed away from anything that even remotely smelled like it could have potential spoilers. BECAUSE I WANTED TO PRESERVE MY SENSE OF SUSPENSE AND SAVOUR THE BUILD UP TO THE CONCLUSION.

Part 1: On Recent Incidents of Reader Outrage

February 9, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!

FAIR WARNING: This post contains definite spoilers for those who haven't read Allegiant. Also, this is going to be a long post, so consider yourself warned.

Somehow (I suspect it has something to do with the frugality of the time I spend wandering the Net), I'm always the last person to hear about things. Take for instance the two huge Goodreads things that happened (one was the policy change, and the other I dont remember, but I remember that I didn't hear about it until well after everything settled down), the hubbub over The Fault in Our Stars movie poster, or the more recent commotion that Kathleen Hale's (No One Else Can Have You) opinion on negative reviews led to. With all of them, I was kind of the last person to know about it. I know, I know, it doesn't speak well of my ability to 'keep abreast with the times', etc. but, oh well. Would you believe it if I said my head's stuck so far into a book that I hardly ever keep up with real-time? :D

But, for the first time in a long time, I learnt of something pretty soon after it went on the Net. Not surprising, considering the absolute hailstorm it triggered. So the fact that I'm in on this early on, and that I actually have an opinion I want to share, has culminated in this post.

Featuring: Counting to D by Kate Scott (Guest Post)

February 4, 2014

I've always enjoyed reading books with characters that are outside the norm. It always leads to some interesting reading, and most often also expands our thinking horizons. We have on the blog today one such book, called Counting to D, which is described as a 'brainy YA' book with a dyslexic protagonist in an conflicting situation. Check out the blurb and cook features that have been incorporated into the book, and scroll down for a guest post by the author on her own experiences dealing with dyslexia.

Title: Counting to D
Author: Kate Scott
Publication date: February 1, 2014
Publisher: Elliott Books
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
When her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Her new reality seems perfect. But she’s not sure she can keep it that way...

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem.

Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

Counting to D is a brainy YA romance with with a thorny puzzle sure to resonate with anyone who has struggled with learning disabilities, young love or just being a teen!

Note About The Font: The font used in Counting to D is specially designed to be easier to read for dyslexics.

Guest Post
Becoming An Illiterate Author

Series I Cant Wait To Binge Read

February 3, 2014

binge read
/bɪn(d)ʒ riːd/
to read a book in the course of a day. Common practice of the bookish people.

Hi, my name is Fahima and I'm a binge reader
I've always been a habitual binge reader, gobbling up books in the span of a few hours, as fast as I can get my hands on them. And I've always been an impatient reader. Comes with the territory when you're afflicted with as much constitutional curiosity as I am.

Is It The End of Harry Potter As I Knew It?

February 1, 2014

The wanderings of a mind that is wont to ponder. Check out past Between Bookends posts here!
Harry Potter... I think I've Outgrown You
I recently went to a Harry Potter quiz with my friends Pooja @ On Books! and Abhirami, and it was SO ABSOLUTELY AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET! It was just pure, unadulterated, Harry Potter for around 3 hours, with an auditorium full of hardcore Harry Potter fans. It was beautiful, you guys.

As an aside, the turnout for the event was a bit of a shock to me. I knew that there were Harry Potter fans in Chennai, but I had no idea there we so many, and that they were all Potterheads! The quiz was open to basically all students - whether you study in school, doing undergraduate or graduate studies - and it seemed like a considerable amount of the Chennai student population was crammed into that freezing auditorium that day. It felt so wonderful to be sitting there, strangers all of us, but brought together by our mutual love for Harry Potter and J K Rowling. Like a sisterhood. Or maybe siblinghood? There were guys there too :)